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An Experimental Study of Team Effectiveness and Satisfaction in an Engineering Design Course

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.159.1 - 24.159.10



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Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi The Petroleum Institute

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Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi is an Assistant Professor in the General Studies Department at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. Her research interests focus on issues in international psychology and education with an emphasis on perceptions, attitudes, and stereotypes in intercultural communication. Her novel, The Colour of Mehndi, is a fictionalized biopic that explores the experience of immigration and acculturation among first generation Pakistani-Americans.

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Jaby Mohammed The Petroleum Institute Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Effective Teamwork in Engineering DesignMany countries are experiencing a shortfall of trained engineers and are working to recruit andretain their own citizens to study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)fields to build their intellectual capital. The United Arab Emirates is one such example. ThePetroleum Institute (PI) provides opportunities for students to grow as engineering professionalsand make positive contributions to future employers. As teamwork is an essential component ofthe engineering design process, the ability to work in teams should embody the same principlesof professionalism and Emirati values that all employees must demonstrate in the workplace.Instructors working with student teams at every institution, however, are aware of the difficultiesthat arise with respect to logistics, task assignments, and work quality.Perceptions of effective group dynamics and the contributions of individual team members to thegroup process can affect the quality of the team experience. In this study, students in anEngineering Design course at the PI were randomly assigned to teams. After the first teampresentation, they were asked to consider the effectiveness of their random team assignment andreflect on their team processes. Student perceptions of team effectiveness were gauged usinganonymous surveys. Engagement in teamwork was subsequently assessed using a variety oftools. In this paper, the authors discuss the team building processes utilized by students in theexperimental cohort and the strategies used to track the functioning of the student teams.Keywords: functioning teams; effective teamwork  

Pasha-Zaidi, N., & Mohammed, J. (2014, June), An Experimental Study of Team Effectiveness and Satisfaction in an Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20050

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